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Gila County assessor making changes

Gila County Assessor Deborah Hughes will change the annual application process for widow, widower and disability exemptions in an attempt to save money by not sending out renewal forms.

Blog talk: Loss of local doctors

According to someone who works for a local MD. Six primary care physicians have left Payson in 2014! Anybody have any guesses as to why?

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Matt Davis leads on court and in class

Class president and multi-sport star a cheerleader for school spirit

Matt Davis has demonstrated an ability to shine when the spotlight’s on him.

Reforms a case of political malpractice?

So, let’s say you’ve got a bunion on a leg that’s developed gangrene. The doctor frowns seriously, says you’ve got a problem with your leg, deftly removes the bunion and sends you home with an affable smile.

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Library Friends host local author

The Library Friends of Payson will have local author Carole Emma Mathewson review her recently published novel, “The Waste of War” Monday, Jan. 19.

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District can’t find Spanish teacher

Payson Unified School District board members expressed amazement that the district can’t find a qualified Spanish teacher.

State must strengthen schools, universities

I listened to Gov. Ducey’s first State of the State address with eager anticipation and commend his call for a “confident, strong and rising” Arizona.

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Now is perfect time to take care of fishing rod and reel repair

Outdoors Under the Rim

When the rain and snow are falling in the winter months, I am usually marooned to my garage putting away long overdo hunting equipment and looking at a pile of fishing rods in the corner.

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Still a lot of snow – and ice – around Village

The Village

Since we have had more than 14 inches of snow in Tonto Village, there is still snow on the ground, almost unwilling to give up and melt away.

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Hashknife event of old returns

Rattlin' the Rim

Although last year’s Hashknife Pony Express ride to Pine was a fiasco, it appears the Holbrook-based group will return on Jan. 28.

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What we believe at any given moment depends on what we know – Part 2

Your Turn

Last week we talked about how odd it is that we read books and watch programs and films about things we know never happened.

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These hills may be haunted by five different spirits

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek seems to be a fairly normal place. You have your doctors and lawyers, your authors and artists, your working and retired. Newcomers and descendants of pioneer families call the Creek home. There is always a snowplow driver, a plumber and a couple of handymen around.

What made the 1920s roar

DJ's Music Trivia

This week, we continue our 10-part series chronicling the evolution of American popular music in the 20th century, 1900-1999, which looks at the music that was popular during each decade and what influenced that popularity.

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Controlled burns resume in Long and Mead ranches and Colcord Lookout

Jan. 20 – Jan. 23

Fire specialists from the Tonto National Forest will return to Mead and Long ranches, if weather conditions permit, on Tuesday, Jan. 20. The 160-acre treatment will eliminate vegetative debris piles in the area. This treatment is expected to last one to two days, and smoke will be moderate during burning operations. During the day smoke will impact Long Ranch, Mead Ranch, and Zane Grey Estates.

Work continues on State Route 87 north of Sunflower

Delays of up to 30 minutes are expected Tuesday through Wednesday next week

Work will resume on a safety improvement project on State Route 87 north of Sunflower next week and the Arizona Department of Transportation is urging motorists to allow extra travel time.

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Community Almanac

A blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 19 at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane.

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Preschoolers raise ‘pennies for pets'

As a parent, you decide early on what morals and values you want your children to have.

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Where the world began — and ended

Preshistoric Verde Valley evokes world of Sinagua

I sat on the shore of the place where the world begin, and watched it steam in the cold light of dawn.

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Zumba® — a living dance legacy

Instructor’s passion lives on in her students

Some describe Zumba® as “a Latin-inspired dance fitness party” ( The website boasts, “We take the work out of workout,” and refers to it as “exercise in disguise.” Can you imagine a more fun invitation to “burn a ton of calories without even realizing it?”

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Riddle leaves county attorney’s office

An attorney with the Gila County Attorney’s Office has left the office.